Eight Covid-19 deaths reported in 24 hours

Eight people died from Covid-19 in the last 24 hours bringing the total number of coronavirus deaths in Zimbabwe so far to 218.

According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care, the deaths were reported from Harare that experienced six, while Bulawayo and Mashonaland East recorded one death each.

“Ninety (90) news cases and eight (8) deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. All the 90 cases are local,” said the ministry.

“As of September 8, 2020, Zimbabwe has now recorded 7 388 cases, 5 477 recoveries and 218 deaths. 521 PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) tests were conducted for the day.”

The number of active cases is now at 1 693, while the country’s national recovery rate stands at 74 percent with 22 new total recoveries reported for the day.

Statistics from the health ministry show that Harare so fat has the highest number of deaths with 116, followed by Bulawayo with 42.

The third province with highest deaths is Manicaland with 20 and comes Mashonaland West with 12.

Midlands has recorded eight deaths while Matabeleland South has registered seven deaths. Mashonaland Central and Mashonaland East have recorded four deaths each since the outbreak of Covid-19.

Matabeleland North has experienced three deaths while the province with the least number of deaths is Masvingo which has two deaths.

In August, health officials noted that it will be difficult to do contact tracing in cases where Covid-19 positive cases are identified during post mortem.

Acting Chief Executive Officer for Mpilo Central Hospital, Professor Solwayo Ngwenya, said it was difficult to conduct contact tracing of someone who tested positive to coronavirus after their death.

“Effectively you can’t even trace those people to see who were their contacts yet in a pandemic situation, you are supposed to be able to trace, test people and quarantine them for you to be able to contain the virus,” he said at the time.

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